I agree with the statements that the 22MP digital backs were not sold in great numbers compared to the CF-39 and H2D models available at the time. My experience was that photographers where looking for the advances on the H2D platform with auto-focus lenses with metadata to post-correct for lens distortion, etc. instead of the limits of a digital back.
Look, we sell digital backs, too - but ultimately, the decision on what to buy is the photographer's - not the marketing department or executive board at major camera manufacturers as some suggest.
One of the questions earlier was what happens to the backs when they are returned to the manufacturer as a trade-in or repair? Hasselblad in the US will refurbish the unit and publish on the CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) list for redeployment into the marketplace - providing a Hasselblad for every budget.
Like our brand competitors, we do accept trade-ins from older equipment to substantially offset the cost of a new Hasselblad system. I would like to think the sensors can be recovered, but it is only my speculation.
The Imagebank series I (about the size of a VHS tape, remember those?LOL) provided not only storage, but also power to the digital magazine. The second generation is smaller (slightly larger than an iPhone) and uses FireWire 800 instead of gigabit CAT5. Each use ruggedized, shock-proof hard drives inside.
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